PM Modi protecting his 'corporate friends': Arvind Kejriwal


PM Modi protecting his corporate friends: Arvind Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of protecting his "corporate friends" while carrying out demonetisation and sought to link him with some "big politicians" whose names had come up during a probe by CBI and Income Tax department.

Addressing an emergency session of Delhi Assembly, he also asked why Modi was not taking action against those named in the list of Swiss Bank account holders as well as in Panama papers.

The day-long special session convened to discuss the demonetisation issue saw acrimonious scenes with the opposition BJP leader Vijender Gupta repeatedly raising objections to the chief minister dragging Modi's name into the debate.

When attempts by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel to rein in Gupta failed, he was marshalled out and the debate continued.

The Delhi Chief Minister also made several allegations against Modi relating to the period when he the Gujarat chief minister.

Kejriwal also wondered whether Modi would follow BJP patriarch LK Advani's example, who had "set a precedent" by resigning when his "initials LKA" had surfaced in the hawala scam.

The Delhi CM also questioned the lavish spending at the daughter's wedding of Karnataka mining baron and former BJP minister in the state G Janardhana Reddy.

"Weddings are getting held up across the country but Reddy has spent Rs 500 crore as per reports. Why is the IT not raiding Reddy? Vijay Mallya who has Rs 8,000 crore debt was allowed to flee by BJP. Rs 1.14 lakh crore of big corporates loan was waived.

"Congress did not take action against 648 Swiss bank account holders, even Modiji did not, did not even write to the Swiss government. That list has the names of PM's friends, Panama list includes his friends' name," he alleged.

"And common men are lectured about patriotism. The question is whether people's money in banks are safe or not? They take money from the rich and force people to queue up outside banks. In the name of strong tea, you have fed them posion. You are the PM of black money holders, rich and enemy of the poor," Kejriwal said.
The Delhi Assembly also passed a resolution urging President Pranab Mukherjee to refer the allegations of receipt of bribes by persons "holding high offices from Birla and Sahara Groups to Supreme Court of India with the request to order suitable inquiry".
Earlier, the members also observed a two-minute silence to pay homage to those who lost lives while standing in queues outsides banks and ATMs to withdraw money. Gupta and BJP MLA Jagdish Pradhan walked out protesting against it.


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